Chet Gresham

Targets and Touches

print article archives RSS

Week 17 Target Watch

Friday, December 27, 2013


Philadelphia Eagles

 

DeSean Jackson: BYE-6-6-16-5 (33) (8.2), Riley Cooper: BYE-6-9-7-3 (25) (6.2), LeSean McCoy: BYE-6-1-7-6 (20) (5), Zach Ertz: BYE-6-1-9-1 (17) (4.2), Brent Celek: BYE-6-3-1-4 (14) (3.5), Jason Avant: BYE-4-0-5-3 (12) (3), Brad Smith: BYE-0-1-1-0 (2) (0.5), Chris Polk: BYE-0-0-1-1 (2) (0.5), Damaris Johnson: BYE-0-dnp-1-0 (1) (0.3)

 

The passing game didn’t have to do too much in this game as Nick Foles completed 21-of-25 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns while the running backs totaled 29 carries for 260 yards and four touchdowns. The Bears must have been tired giving up 100 yard rushing games to just one running back, so they decided two would work this week. On the season the Bears have given up 11 100+ yard rushing games to opposing running backs and 18 rushing touchdowns.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Riley Cooper: Run 0/Tar 4, Jason Avant: Run 0/Tar 2, Brent Celek: Run 0/Tar 2, Zach Ertz: Run 0/Tar 2, DeSean Jackson: Run 1/Tar 1, Chris Polk: Run 1/Tar 0, Nick Foles: Run 9/Tar 0, Bryce Brown: Run 3/Tar 0, LeSean McCoy: Run 13/Tar 0

 

 


Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Antonio Brown: 10-8-9-6-13 (46) (9.2), Emmanuel Sanders: 7-11-6-6-2 (32) (6.4), Le'Veon Bell: 5-9-9-5-3 (31) (6.2), Heath Miller: 6-9-4-4-4 (27) (5.4), Jerricho Cotchery: 1-6-9-3-2 (21) (4.2), Will Johnson: 1-1-1-0-1 (4) (0.8), Jonathan Dwyer: 2-0-0-0-1 (3) (0.6), Felix Jones: 1-0-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Matt Spaeth: dnp-dnp-0-1-1 (2) (0.7), Markus Wheaton: 0-0-1-0-0 (1) (0.2), David Paulson: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2)

 

Antonio Brown was once again the most targeted Steelers’ player. His 13 eclipsed Heath Miller’s four, which came in second. Brown has had five or more receptions in every game this season and has broken the Steelers single season receiving yardage mark. Right now Brown and Le'Veon Bell are taking up a huge chunk of the production each week, which is actually a pretty nice balance when working well. The Steelers’ defense is the weak link at the moment.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jerricho Cotchery: Run 0/Tar 7, Antonio Brown: Run 0/Tar 6, Emmanuel Sanders: Run 0/Tar 6, Le'Veon Bell: Run 18/Tar 3, Heath Miller: Run 0/Tar 2, Matt Spaeth: Run 0/Tar 2, Will Johnson: Run 0/Tar 1, Jonathan Dwyer: Run 0/Tar 1, Ben Roethlisberger: Run 1/Tar 0

 

 

 

San Diego Chargers

 

Keenan Allen: 12-10-3-5-7 (37) (7.4), Antonio Gates: 8-9-6-3-3 (29) (5.8), Ryan Mathews: 2-6-4-1-5 (18) (3.6), Eddie Royal: 4-dnp-4-6-4 (18) (4.5), Danny Woodhead: 4-3-5-1-3 (16) (3.2), Vincent Brown: 1-2-4-3-5 (15) (3), Ladarius Green: 5-6-1-0-1 (13) (2.6), Ronnie Brown: 1-0-1-0-0 (2) (0.4), John Phillips: 1-0-0-0-1 (2) (0.4), Le'Ron McClain: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2), Seyi Ajirotutu: 1-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Keenan Allen had a few chances, but Philip Rivers was not on target in this one. He had seven targets, but could only reel in three for 26 yards and a touchdown. He was wide open for another short touchdown that Rivers missed him on. With Rivers off his game Ryan Mathews once again played a big role in the offense and totaled 119 yards and a touchdown on 28 touches. He’s been playing through injuries this season and proving he can do so and be productive at the same time. He’ll be a high risk/reward back next season once again, but his track record has just gotten much better.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Keenan Allen: Run 0/Tar 10, Danny Woodhead: Run 4/Tar 6, Eddie Royal: Run 0/Tar 3, Ladarius Green: Run 0/Tar 2, Antonio Gates: Run 0/Tar 2, Ronnie Brown: Run 2/Tar 0, Ryan Mathews: Run 19/Tar 0

 

 

 

Seattle Seahawks

 

Golden Tate: BYE-5-8-6-3 (22) (5.5), Doug Baldwin: BYE-5-4-7-6 (22) (5.5), Jermaine Kearse: BYE-3-5-3-7 (18) (4.5), Zach Miller: BYE-8-3-3-3 (17) (4.2), Marshawn Lynch: BYE-4-0-6-2 (12) (3), Luke Willson: BYE-1-4-2-1 (8) (2), Ricardo Lockette: BYE-1-0-1-1 (3) (0.8), Robert Turbin: BYE-0-1-1-0 (2) (0.5), Michael Robinson: BYE-1-0-0-1 (2) (0.5), Derrick Coleman: BYE-1-0-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Russell Wilson had probably his worst game in a Seahawks’ uniform against Arizona, completing just 11-of-27 passes for 108 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Of course that didn’t leave many yards for receivers, but thankfully for tight end streamers who target the Cardinals, Zach Miller managed a touchdown.

 

It looked like Marshawn Lynch was going to get some room early on to run, but after some early success he was held in check for 71 yards on 18 carries. That’s actually more than the Cardinals have been giving up to running backs lately. Over the last eight games Arizona is allowing 48.8 rushing yards per game at 2.9 yards per carry to opposing running backs.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Jermaine Kearse: Run 0/Tar 6, Zach Miller: Run 0/Tar 5, Doug Baldwin: Run 1/Tar 3, Derrick Coleman: Run 0/Tar 1, Marshawn Lynch: Run 19/Tar 1, Michael Robinson: Run 0/Tar 1, Russell Wilson: Run 3/Tar 0

 

 

 

San Francisco 49ers

 

Anquan Boldin: 6-13-8-8-7 (42) (8.4), Vernon Davis: 7-5-3-7-3 (25) (5), Michael Crabtree: dnp-4-8-6-7 (25) (6.2), Bruce Miller: 0-4-5-5-dnp (14) (3.5), Mario Manningham: 7-0-4-2-dnp (13) (3.2), Frank Gore: 2-2-1-0-1 (6) (1.2), Vance McDonald: 1-0-0-dnp-2 (3) (0.8), Kassim Osgood: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2), LaMichael James: 1-0-0-0-0 (1) (0.2), Garrett Celek: dnp-dnp-dnp-1-0 (1) (0.5)

 

Michael Crabtree has now had his first game with a touchdown and his first 100-yard game, so now he just needs to put those two things together.

 

After scoring a touchdown in six straight games and 13 on the season Vernon Davis had three targets and zero receptions.

 

Colin Kaepernick had one of his better fantasy games in a while because of his six rushing attempts for 51 yards and a touchdown. It’s his first rushing touchdown since Week 8.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Vernon Davis: Run 0/Tar 6, Anquan Boldin: Run 1/Tar 5, Bruce Miller: Run 1/Tar 4, Michael Crabtree: Run 0/Tar 2, Frank Gore: Run 21/Tar 1, Colin Kaepernick: Run 4/Tar 0, Kendall Hunter: Run 7/Tar 0

 

 

 

St. Louis Rams

 

Chris Givens: 6-9-2-2-3 (22) (4.4), Jared Cook: 5-6-6-1-2 (20) (4), Stedman Bailey: 1-4-4-4-5 (18) (3.6), Tavon Austin: 5-7-3-dnp-dnp (15) (5), Austin Pettis: 0-3-3-4-2 (12) (2.4), Zac Stacy: 2-2-4-2-1 (11) (2.2), Brian Quick: 2-4-0-1-2 (9) (1.8), Cory Harkey: 0-0-1-3-3 (7) (1.4), Lance Kendricks: 1-0-2-3-1 (7) (1.4), Isaiah Pead: 0-3-0-0-0 (3) (0.6), Benny Cunningham: 0-0-2-0-1 (3) (0.6)

 

Rookie Stedman Bailey led the team in targets with five and yards with 44 while also rushing for a 27 yard touchdown on a double reverse, but the true leaders in this one were the defense and Zac Stacy who rushed 33 times for 104 yards and one touchdown. That’s not a great yards per carry of 3.15, but it was a workmanlike effort from Stacy who has proven himself as a hard-nosed runner who they can rely on.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Brian Quick: Run 0/Tar 4, Chris Givens: Run 0/Tar 3, Tavon Austin: Run 0/Tar 3, Jared Cook: Run 0/Tar 2, Zac Stacy: Run 19/Tar 2, Lance Kendricks: Run 0/Tar 2, Austin Pettis: Run 0/Tar 2, Cory Harkey: Run 0/Tar 1, Isaiah Pead: Run 0/Tar 1, Benny Cunningham: Run 4/Tar 0, Kellen Clemens: Run 3/Tar 0

 

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Vincent Jackson: 3-5-8-8-10 (34) (6.8), Tim Wright: 9-3-4-9-6 (31) (6.2), Tiquan Underwood: 5-4-5-5-2 (21) (4.2), Chris Owusu: 0-3-0-5-3 (11) (2.2), Bobby Rainey: 1-3-4-1-1 (10) (2), Brian Leonard: 2-2-0-2-1 (7) (1.4), Skye Dawson: 0-dnp-3-1-dnp (4) (1.3), Erik Lorig: 0-1-1-0-2 (4) (0.8), Eric Page: 0-0-0-1-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Vincent Jackson has had his usual trouble with consistency this season, but he’s also been playing through injuries and a rookie quarterback. He was the only bright spot for the Buccaneers against the Rams as he caught five of 10 targets for 98 yards.

 

After Jackson the offense has been in a tremendous funk. The huge 163 yard, three touchdown game by Bobby Rainey to start his tenure as a Buc and then his 80 yard touchdown against Buffalo weren’t enough to get his yards per carry over 4. That’s not going to get the job done in the NFL.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Vincent Jackson: Run 0/Tar 4, Tiquan Underwood: Run 0/Tar 3, Brian Leonard: Run 0/Tar 2, Tim Wright: Run 0/Tar 2, Bobby Rainey: Run 9/Tar 2

 

 

 

Tennessee Titans

 

Kendall Wright: 7-11-3-20-7 (48) (9.6), Nate Washington: 6-6-6-9-8 (35) (7), Delanie Walker: 9-2-dnp-11-7 (29) (7.2), Justin Hunter: 6-5-8-dnp-1 (20) (5), Chris Johnson: 5-7-3-3-1 (19) (3.8), Kenny Britt: 2-0-dnp-6-dnp (8) (2.7), Michael Preston: dnp-dnp-1-5-0 (6) (2), Taylor Thompson: 2-3-1-0-0 (6) (1.2), Shonn Greene: 1-1-0-0-1 (3) (0.6), Collin Mooney: 2-1-dnp-dnp-dnp (3) (1.5), Visanthe Shiancoe: dnp-dnp-2-dnp-dnp (2) (2), Craig Stevens: 1-dnp-0-0-0 (1) (0.2), Quinn Johnson: dnp-dnp-0-1-0 (1) (0.3), Jackie Battle: 0-0-0-0-1 (1) (0.2)

 

Nate Washington hasn’t dropped a pass all season and on Sunday caught six of eight targets for 117 yards and a touchdown. He’s never been a good fantasy player, but he has turned into a good real life player.

 

The run game was what did most of the damage with Chris Johnson carrying the ball 22 times for 90 yards and Shonn Greene carrying the ball 19 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. That’s a bunch of carries right there and by far the most for Shonn Greene this season.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Delanie Walker: Run 0/Tar 7, Chris Johnson: Run 4/Tar 5, Michael Preston: Run 0/Tar 3, Kenny Britt: Run 0/Tar 2, Nate Washington: Run 0/Tar 2, Kendall Wright: Run 0/Tar 2, Justin Hunter: Run 0/Tar 1, Jackie Battle: Run 0/Tar 1, Shonn Greene: Run 10/Tar 1, Ryan Fitzpatrick: Run 3/Tar 0

 

 

 

Washington Redskins

 

Pierre Garcon: 11-12-12-10-18 (63) (12.6), Santana Moss: 4-1-6-9-4 (24) (4.8), Aldrick Robinson: 3-2-6-7-3 (21) (4.2), Logan Paulsen: 2-4-5-7-2 (20) (4), Josh Morgan: 6-1-3-4-1 (15) (3), Roy Helu: 1-4-4-1-2 (12) (2.4), Fred Davis: 0-4-3-3-1 (11) (2.2), Alfred Morris: 0-3-0-1-1 (5) (1), Darrel Young: dnp-dnp-dnp-0-3 (3) (1.5), Evan Royster: 0-0-1-dnp-dnp (1) (0.3), Niles Paul: 0-dnp-1-0-0 (1) (0.2)

 

Kirk Cousins completed 21-of-36 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception and Pierre Garcon caught 11 of 18 targets for 144 yards and a touchdown. The other 53 receiving yards were split up between six players.

 

Alfred Morris rushed 22 times for 88 yards and a touchdown, which is actually his best fantasy game since Week 9. Since he doesn’t catch many passes he pretty much needs touchdowns to be the RB1 we know he can be, but he only has seven on the season compared to his 13 last season.

 

Red Zone Targets+Touches: Pierre Garcon: Run 0/Tar 4, Logan Paulsen: Run 0/Tar 4, Santana Moss: Run 0/Tar 3, Fred Davis: Run 0/Tar 3, Aldrick Robinson: Run 0/Tar 1, Josh Morgan: Run 1/Tar 1, Darrel Young: Run 0/Tar 1, Roy Helu: Run 1/Tar 0, Evan Royster: Run 1/Tar 0, Alfred Morris: Run 13/Tar 0, Robert Griffin III: Run 2/Tar 0



Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for Rotoworld.com and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
Email :Chet Gresham



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days



Video Center

  •  
    Tuesday

    Tuesday's Fantasy Minute
  •  
    Upside with Mike Evans?

    Upside with Mike Evans?
  •  
    Rookie Watch: WR Benjamin

    Rookie Watch: WR Benjamin
  •  
    Rookie Watch: RB Freeman

    Rookie Watch: RB Freeman
  •  
    Rookie Watch: RB Sankey

    Rookie Watch: RB Sankey
  •  
    Levitan: Sleeper options

    Levitan: Sleeper options
  •  
    Value: WR Brandin Cooks

    Value: WR Brandin Cooks
  •  
    Value: WR Jordan Matthews

    Value: WR Jordan Matthews